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one-on-one with rick santorum about the race. can he do the delegate math to beat mitt romney. >> the governor thinks he is now ordained by god to win, then let's just have it out. >> previewing the debate to the fall campaign, the social issues versus the economy. more than 200,000 jobs created in february, and who has the winning prescription for more growth? with us, romney supporter and chair of the governor's association, virginia's governor, bob mcdonnell, and maryland's governor, martin o'malley. finally, our political roundtable is here to talk politics and about something else, civility. where has it gone and can it return? why the president called sandra after rush limbaugh attacks? he was thinking about his own daughters. >> i want them to speak their mind in a thoughtful way, and i don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. >> we have a discussion with reverend al sharpton, host of msnbc's politics nation. and marsha blackburn, and ej dionne, and peggy noonan. >>> good morning. another split decision in republican presid
for change has come. chris: the wrong man. just when republicans accepted mitt romney, this week the spreek puts the focus on -- supreme puts the focus on the health care law, a law romney inspired in massachusetts. how can he be the number one attack dog and how can he promise to kill it? just as he wraps up a huge primary win, romney hear as top advisor say all his campaign promises are, he uses a watergate term, inoperative. is he stuck with the etch-a-sketch label for good. "mad men," they're all back, betty, jon, the incomparable joan. what is it about their world we find so downright transing? is it something this country had and lost? is it about our youth? hi, i'm chris matthews. with us today new york magazine john heilemann, cnn's gloria borger, cnbc kelly evans and pulitzer times editor david leonhardt? what do they have in common? both can wipe the slate clean. and they could wipe out the health care law, let it stand or kill the heart of it. we'll get clues in the extraordinary three days of argument starting monday. the president has not been talking much about health care lat
. romney? >> good luck tonight. no, really. >> really. >> no, really, bring it on. for a long time there was a question whether the president would run on his record or just run against the republicans. this week that question was answered. here's a part of the new obama campaign film. >> how do we understand this president and his time in office? do we look at the day's headlines, or do we remember what we as a country have been through? >> our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed. chris: i talked to david on hardball this week and he believes an ultimate victory for president obama, but says it won't be pretty. >> we are prepared for a tough, close race. 47% voted against us in 2008 when we won a massive victory. so we have the wind at our back then. we don't have the wind at our back now. >> this isn't going to be easy. >> it's not going to be easy but the obama campaign is itching to get at the campaign. i think they wanted to release this movie in the midst of the toughest part of the republican
to the gop race for the white house. after michigan, can mitt romney build on the lead and solidify himself as the presome thattive nominee. >>> can santorum win ohio and chart a course to the nomination. can newt gingrich win his home state of georgia as he tries to emerge as the romney alternative? with us, newt gingrich, and eric cantor will weigh into the nomination fight, and with the view from the democrats, debbie wasserman schultz. and plus our political roundtable this morning, what to look for on tuesday, and the president's emerging campaign. on the road, looking under the hood, and fighting for middle class votes. >> i place my bet on the american worker! and i will make that bet any day of the week. with us, republican strategist, mike murphy, and a political analysts for "time" magazine, al paw rins, and savannah guthrie. >>> the republican race is coming down to a battle for delegates, and mitt romney is in the lead winning his fifth straight contest last night in washington state. final results show mom rebeating ron paul, and santorum in third, and newt gingrich a distant f
for obama now, but events could elect romney. obama is singing happy days, but it's america, is he too far ahead of the parade to hear its music. finally, offshore warnings, could this war with iran change everything and could the killing of americans in afghanistan drive us to quit? could either of these crisis flare up and leave this white house burnt. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the "washington post" bob woodward, cnbc's becky quick, the "washington post" kathleen parker and the "national journal's" major garrett. while republicans are having to explain rush limbaugh's hatefulness this week, barack obama is radiating optimism these days. the president is channeling that old ronald reagan morning in america. here he was on tuesday. >> i'm not going to settle for a country where a few do really well and everybody else is struggling to get by. i promise you this. as long as you got an ounce of fight left in you, i'll have a ton of fight left in me. chris: a new poll has obama losing to mitt romney by four points believe it or not, even with all of the damage
in between mitt romney's home of michigan, and newt girich's home. what is interesting here, the early vote advantage, david, that romney had in michigan and other states, and that only leads four in those folks that already voted. romney, dominant among those voters that care most about electabili electability. the other key race on super tuesday was virginia, but two people failed to get on the ballot, rick santorum and gingrich. and mitt romney, a commanding lead here, 69% over ron paul with 26%. anything over 50%, mitt romney wins all 46 delegates. we did do a what if. romney's lead would have been cut in half had santorum and gingrich made the ballot. and this is less about primaries, and more about delegates. here is the map, super tuesday. 424 delegates will be handed out on tuesday night. as far as who will win how many states, and mitt romney probably guaranteed four wins, and he could win as many as eight or nine states. here is what to watch for. 180-200 delegates would be a good night for the romney campaign. i got him up to 211. we will see if he gets the majority in idaho and
win in kansas for rick santorum. but mitt romney also won the delegate vote in wyoming's ongoing caucus process. and he's picked up the majority of delegates in the american territories of guam, the northern marianas and the virgin islands. so this is how the current count looks. romney's ahead with 377, then santorum and gingrich, ron paul far behind. remember, the magic number to secure the nomination is 1,144. all of this with 48 hours of campaigning to go until republicans in the southern states of mississippi and alabama put their mark on this ongoing race for the republican nomination. and here with us again this morning from the campaign trail in mississippi is rick santorum. senator, welcome back. >> it's great to be back, david. thank you. >> look, you want your shot to go one on one with governor romney. so what tips the scales to get newt gingrich out of the race? >> well, i don't know, you'd have to ask him. we're just going to keep on winning and competing. you know, ever since nevada, we finished first or second in almost every state and came close, congressman paul
of the bay state, massachusetts. mitt romney, our projected victor there as he is in the neighboring state of vermont. commonwealth of virginia, as well, in the romney column tonight. georgia was our first call of the night for native son, long time member of congress and house speaker newt gingrich. and then this, of course, is tonight's big prize. too close to call at this hour. this one could go late. the state of ohio, oklahoma, too early to call is the way we have it between santorum and romney. ditto, tennessee. too early to call. though you see the percentagewise, santorum with a big lead. so early on, and, again, some big ones yet to know, a good night in the romney column. let's check in at romney headquarters in boston. peter alexander with us from there tonight. hey, peter, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian, good evening to you. you can hear the music blairbla here and the crowd has been shouting as each state goes up into the win column tonight. they recognize states win headlines, delegates win the nomination. that remains their focus over the course of this evening. they'
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >>> this morning on "early today," no knockout punch. mitt romney appears to clench a narrow super tuesday win but fails to bring clarity to the primary race. >>> cosmic curse? astronomers claim to uncover a clue to the sinking of the titanic. >>> serious competition. the world's fastest man takes on the world's most eligible bachelor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> today, we begin with a split decision. yesterday on super tuesday, republican presidential candidate mitt romney pulled off a narrow victory in the key delegate rich state of ohio but he lost several other states to rival rick santorum. romney was the apparent winner of ohio with 38%. that is just 1% more than santorum. in virginia, it was a two-man race because santorum and newt gingrich didn't make it onto the ballot. romney is the projected winner there with 60%. with 72%, romney also won massachusetts, the state where he was governor. romney is the project
for the gop. >> steve handelsman joins us from columbus, ohio. conventional wisdom says if romney wins ohio he wins the nomination. where do we stand right now? >> reporter: well, we stand where we don't know. as the votes are counted on this super tuesday night and nbc news makes its various projections, ohio does remain the focus. romney and santorum. nbc news projects ohio is too close to call. mitt romney cast his ballot late this afternoon in massachusetts. and tonight notched his first super tuesday victory. nbc news projecting romney wins virginia. and projecting that newt gingrich wins his home state of georgia. but as voters cast their ballots on this super tuesday, in eleven states, ohio was the most watched. in this swing state, many republicans were un-enthusiastic. and many were split. >> i voted for mitt romney. >> mitt romney because of his business experience. >> people aren't feeling there's a strong person at all. but i think santorum could pull it out. >> reporter: can he beat mitt romney in ohio? the pressure is on rick santorum. >> this is a somewhat important day in my li
for the romney campaign. the remark a top adviser might wish he could take back. >>> mean season. the downside of early summer. why millions are suffering through this otherwise pleasant arrival of warm weather. >>> saints and sinners. tonight, the shot hurt around the world of sports. >>> and the boomtown. what is that shaking homes and nerves, keeping all the people up at night? the mystery in a small midwestern town. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they are driven by a social media campaign, by mainstream media coverage, by sadness, and just plain outrage at the thought that an innocent teenager was killed in cold blood outside of his father's home in florida. to show you the level of concern over this case in florida, this is a rally under way tonight here in new york. national attention has now come crashing down on the case of trayvon martin. he was 17 years old. he was encountered by a local neighborhood watch volunteer who unlike a lot of others in neighborhoods across this country, had a gun. he has not been arrested, and now that the feds and the media have swooped in on
, the biggest day so far in the republican presidential campaign. with contests in 11 states. mitt romney is coming off his latest victory in yesterday's washington state caucuses. nbc's peter alexander is on the trail in ohio. >> reporter: stumping across the south today, mitt romney is hammering home his business background, looking to take a decisive advantage in the republican race. >> the economy is what i do, it is what i know, it is what i've done. >> reporter: while rick santorum battles to regain momentum. >> this is a game of survival. we're doing as well as anybody in all of these races. >> reporter: with 11 contests this super tuesday, the symbolic prize remains the general election battleground of ohio. for the latest nbc news/marist poll shows romney gaining on santorum. their matchup now a statistical dead heat. because santorum failed to complete the required paperwork, he may not be eligible for more than a quarter of ohio's delegates. >> it is a tough state for us because of the fact that with the money disadvantage, but we're -- we have got a great grassroots campaign.
again, mitt romney is acting like a man cruising to the nomination with clear skies ahead. our political director chuck todd has a look at things on this day after. chuck, good evening. >> good evening, brian. for mitt romney, these primary days must feel like charlie brown and the football. he seems like he's on the verge of the nomination, a football gets yanked away by lucy. in this case lucy is rick santorum. it's math versus momentum. rick santorum hoping his southern sweep tuesday finally gives him a clean shot to be the chief conservative challenger. >> eventually people are going to figure out governor romney isn't going to be the nominee. >> i want to thank you. >> reporter: for mitt romney, tuesday turned out to be southern primary deju vu. he couldn't get 1/3 of the vote in the geographic heart and soul of the gop. his inability to win in the deep south is living a gaping hole in his geographic road map to the nomination. despite losing alabama and mississippi, romney can claim a numeric victory thanks to caucuses held in the middle of the pacific ocean. on hawaii and american
likely opponent in the fall, mitt romney is still actually saying he would go bigger. >> that's in iran. what about that? >> politically there is nothing in it for the president to pull the plug on his own oils the >> politically or realistically over there? >> there are costs there too, but in terms of domestic policy i don't think he pays a price for -- >> people will wait it out so long as they see he's focused on the economy and jobs. >> if they think there is a strategy they'll stick with it. if -- the minute they think this isn't, they'll be gone. chris: and before we break, gas prices could become a huge issue in the fall. fortunately there are no gas lines like in the years when it killed jimmy carter. >> how many of you think jimmy carter is doing a good job on the energy situation? amy and rosslyn? ok. [laughter] how many think he's doing a bad job? [applause] how many of you think he should be pumping gas? chris: carter tried fireside chats in cardigan sweaters hoping that conservation would make him look better. "saturday night live" wasn't making -- taking it seriously. i'm
on "early today," clear-cut victory. mitt romney moves closer with a resounding win in illinois. >>> an ounce of prevention. new research finds one of the oldest and cheapest things out there could cut cancer. >>> a painting long thought to be the work of an anonymous >>> a painting long thought to be the work of an anonymous artist is anything but. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a decisive win. mitt romney had a victory in the presidential primary in illinois last night with 47% of the vote, romney's double-digit vote further justified his claim to be the presumptive nominee landing romney the majority of that state's 69 delegates. tracie potts with details. >> reporter: narrow victories he eked out in michigan and ohio, the question seems to be can he do better than that in the midwest and last night, he did. >> we thanked the people of illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> reporter: illinois, mitt romney's bi
. >> sta>> roger goodeltoday," sk? an important endorsement for mitt romney is overshadowed and rivalries seize on a major gaffe of one of his aids. >>> breaking ranks. an outspoken marine end up in hot water for criticizing the commander-in-chief. >>> pecking order. a reporter from anbc station is attacked while shooting a story. >>> this is "early today" for thursday, march 22nd, 2012. >>> hello, everybody. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with damage control. instead of celebrating a solid win in illinois, mitt romney's camp is backpedaling this morning after a top aide admitted his conservative pitch would change once he's the nominee. steve handelsman has details. >> reporter: mitt romney's 12-point illinois win impressed big name republicans and won him the endorsement of jeb bush, popular former governor of florida who said now is the time for republicans to unite behind governor romney. rick santorum tried spin. >> all of the endorsers, the establishment, you know, who is comfortable with the status quo go with mitt romney. >> reporter: shifting to mary
'll see you then. good night. battle for the south. big wins today for mitt romney and rick santorum. now it's an all out fight in the new gattle ground new battle ground on the trail. >>> trouble in paradise. massive floods, mud slides, hail, even a tornado. one of america's most popular vacation spots in a state of emergency. >>> bullying controversy. the powerful new movie aimed at kids and parents and a firestorm over its rating. >>> rock star. $10 million, 11 nights, 340 tons. tonight, the big move in l.a. >>> and check it out. one man's way to honor his mom, giving a whole new meaning to the neighborhood library. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. mitt romney and rick santorum went toe to toe again today, battling for delegates. this time in republican caucuses in kansas and wyoming. and once again, the results point to a long and uneven road to the nomination. tonight, nbc news declares santorum the winner by a comfortable 30%. and romney is the projected winner in wyoming and he won contests today in guam and the other u.s. territories. while this is i
>> right now at 5:00, mitt romney has been declared the winner in the puerto rican primary today. can he get enough delegates to nail down the gop nomination before the republican convention? why some people in the party may be getting ready for a floor fight. also police and friends continue to search for a teenage girl missing for three days. the bay area saw plenty of rain this last week. we'll show you one city that has less than most. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. the search continued in morgan hill for a missing 15-year-old girl who disappeared friday on the way to school and nbc bay area spoke with the girl's mother today. stephanie is in morgan hill with the latest. >> reporter: hi, diane. you can see the sheriff's command post. we're at the border of morgan hill. this is day three of the search and still nothing. they focus their efforts on the fields around here. they were out here in the morning with dogs looking for any traces of 15-year-old sierra lamar. the problem is she never has run away. the family said there were no home t
in that state's primary today where a convincing victory for front-runner mitt romney could make it very difficult for his rivals to keep running. nbc's tracie potts joins us with more. >> especially rick santorum. he has an uphill battle today in the state of illinois. but mitt romney, even though he's leading the polls there, isn't taking the land of lincoln for granted. >> these pancakes are something else, i'll tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney in his third day campaigning in illinois, the land of reagan and obama. >> i'm looking for the nod here in illinois. >> reporter: romney's up by nine points in the latest poll. santorum is the underdog, ineligible for ten of today's 54 delegates because he filed paperwork too late. on monday, santorum tried to redefine the key issue in this race. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates. >> "do care about the unemployment rate. it does bother me. i want to get people back to work. >> reporter: then santorum clarified. >> of course i care about the unemploy
tuesday did anything but. tonight, what the romney campaign is saying about that nomination. >>> frozen in time. nearly a year after the nuclear disaster, an exclusive visit to the dead zone in japan. richard engel is just back with a rare firsthand look at what's left. >>> second chance, the incredible story of a mother of three who was dying of melanoma and is now alive and well. what her doctors did for her that could turn out to be a turning point for others. >>> the end zone. an emotional farewell for a beloved champion. a question now, is the game over? >>> and the coming solar storm. racing toward earth at 4 million miles an hour and what could happen when it gets here overnight. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if anybody was looking for super tuesday to simplify the gop race for the nomination, if mitt romney was hoping to use super tuesday to clinch the nomination, it didn't happen. four candidates went into last night's primaries. today four candidates woke up and went on. after another late night, this race goes on. i
, the romney campaign chose massachusetts. that's the state where romney served as governor and it is the one state where advisers say they're certain they're going to win tomorrow. with a fierce tug of war atop the republican field, mitt romney and rick santorum are making their final pitches on the eve of super tuesday. it could alter the course of this campaign. >> give me your vote tomorrow, get out and vote. >> reporter: at stake, 11 states and 424 delegates, more than any other single day all primary season. the most heavily sought-after prize, the general election battleground of ohio where santorum is appealing to the state's blue-collar base, again today attacking romney's health care overhaul in massachusetts. >> he recommended to president obama that he adopt romneycare as the template for obamacare. and guess what? they did. >> reporter: and at a town hall in youngstown, romney faced unease even among supporters. >> i need an emphatic yes from you that you will repeal obamacare. >> why would i not? there's no -- [ applause ] >> reporter: in a campaign season consistent perhaps onl
there's no incentive to get out of the race. however, if mitt romney can win in ohio and can win some other states, nice bucket of states virginia which is a slam dunk for him on super tuesday, i think it will go a long way to convince republicans he is inevitable whether it will be that day or the next month or so. >> it seems that way. of course governor romney won in arizona and michigan this week. last week by three points in michigan where he had the support of college-educated, wealthier voters and senator santorum got the support of those making under $100,000 a year. what's your take on the distinction of the voters? how does i that impact the general election? there is a clear pattern in every state so far that mitt romney does well with older voters, wealthy voters. where he struggles are with social conservatives and with those working-class republicans. that's where rick santorum has found his sweet spot, as you just described. i think that is problematic for mitt romney. he can't just be the candidate of the wealthy, the candidate of the old. he has to show that he has so
and mitt romney each got 29%. in mississippi, santorum eeked out a closer victory with 33%. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on what this means for newt gingrich and mitt romney. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. despite what the polls were telling us maybe this should have been no surprise rick santorum won both stays because they are packed with evangelical voters, and that's his crowd. >> we did it again. >> reporter: rick santorum won mississippi with a third of the vote and alabama with 35%. speaking from louisiana, where he promised another big win next week, santorum hinted newt gingrich should drop out of the race. >> the time is now for conservatives to pull together. the time is now to make sure, to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election. >> reporter: gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. instead, he focused on mitt romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. >> if you're the front-runner, if you're the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a
evening in our never ending political season. nbc's peter alexander is with the romney campaign on the trail in schaumburg. peter, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. mitt romney is expected to win here in illinois, a state with a lot of moderate republicans. to give you a sense of the dilemma facing republicans here and across the country in this drawn out republican primary campaign season, consider what with bob michaels, a retired veteran house leader from peoria, told me just this week. he's supporting romney, but he worries he's not a very exciting candidate who can rally republicans behind him. and he may be missing, what he calls that magical spark. romney still has been trying to cast himself this week as the presumptive nominee, focusing his attacks almost exclusively on the president. in fact, just yesterday at a speech at the university of chicago, where president obama taught, he attacked the president 12 times by name in less than 18 minutes. brian? >> peter alexander on the campaign trail tonight. peter, thanks. >>> one issue that's been percola
competitors, mitt romney today attacked the obama administration on rising gas prices. >> we got to get them out and get people in who will bring down the cost of gasoline. >> reporter: with his approval rating slipping, president obama recently defended his record on energy and accused his challengers of oversimplifying a complex problem. while romney argues for more drilling in the u.s., the obama campaign insists global factors are driving up the price of gas. >> they start acting like we got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever. if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30 years. >> reporter: four years ago, then candidate obama used higher gas prices as an election year weapon. >> after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. >> reporter: this week, in illinois, romney faces another battle with rick santorum. >> if we're able to come out of illinois with a huge or surprise win, i guarantee you, i guarantee you that we will win this nomination. >> reporter: this marathon campaign has led to increased talk that the nomination fight
santorum and romney has been incredibly close. tracie potts join us from columbus. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. we're in columbus, where today they will eventually certify today's primary results. this is the place to be. it's the place to watch today because no republican has ever been elected president without winning this state. so today's primary is a key proving ground for november. both top candidates, mitt romney and rick santorum, spent their last full day of campaigning in ohio. >> we have been all over the state, from a to z, all right. >> reporter: despite nbc's latest poll showing an unenthusiastic republican electorate -- >> i just don't think the republicans have a viable candidate. >> reporter: romney insists he's winning last had-minu-minute vo. >> i keep hearing people say they were undecided, and how it they've decided to join us here. >> it's gut check time. who wants it the most? what do you say? >> reporter: rick santorum has a two-point edge in ohio, a virtual tie. last night he focused on romney's flip-flop on contraception coverage. >> h
. after mitt romney's super tuesday win, his rivals vow to fight as the nomination battle heads to the bible belt. >>> could diabetes and cholesterol lowering drugs soon be available over the counter? >>> and disruptive force. the largest solar storm in five years is sent hurling toward earth. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a campaign coen in drum. gop presidential candidates swing south today where newt gingrich locked in his only win on super tuesday in georgia. well, now some of rick santorum supporters want beginning hitch out to consolidate the conservative vote against moderate rival mitt romney. brian moore is in washington with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. he is vulnerable as the race heads to the south. newt gingrich and rick santorum are both going to try to utilize the southern strategy to try to take romney out. newt gingrich will be on home turf talking about gas prices, an issue he hopes will final
are whip sawing the president over the war. mitt romney says obama has not defined the mission, but then goes on to describe goals virtually identical to the president's. newt gingrich now says accomplishing the goals may not be doable, that we should leave fairly soon, that's a quote. the difference, of course, is it's a lot easier to take shots on the jo it side than be commander-in-chief while you're also running for re-election. brian? >> it's clear, it's all in play. thanks. >>> now to presidential politics. and primary day in alabama and mississippi. both races have been seen as close three-way calls between mitt romney, rick santorum and newt gingrich. nbc's kelly o'donnell is with us from lafayette, louisiana, where the santorum campaign is tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the ballroom is filling up, waiting to hear from rick santorum tonight. the polls have closed in alabama and mississippi. the vote counting begins but it's still too early to make any call in this race. today was an important day for those candidates who spread out in ve
'll have your full seven-day forecast coming up in minutes. >>> one night only mitt romney in the bay area, it's not all handshakes and high fives for the presidential hopeful. >>> it's the talk no parent wants to have, how the death of trayvon martin is inspiring a different kind of conversation between penants and children in the bay area. >>> it's radical but it works. what doctors say is more effective than diet and exercise when it comes to controlling diabetes. >> i got it, it is on. the cca rnlifoisia fenherm ogughffome california fishermen offguard.d. >>> community activists in oakland stand united with other groups across the country today calling for justice in the deadly shooting of trayvon martin. his shooting continues to impact the lack of concern of charges or arrest in the case. >> reporter: it's a conversation that african-american mothers, grandmothers and fathers are having with their sons. what you wear could put you in a compromising situation. >> god bless this family member -- >> reporter: the rally began with a prayer. a prayer dominiqua says she can relate to. >> i
and michigan. mitt romney swept both. big win in arizona. more of a narrow escape in his home state of michigan, where he had a rough fight. in fact, it was so close, romney did not win the majority of delegates. we are joined by our political director chuck todd in washington. is it still a win if they are going to divvy up the delegates? >> reporter: welcome to the battle for the nomination as many folks remember four years ago. it doesn't matter who wins states, it matters who acquires these delegates. interesting thing on santorum, he won. he didn't win michigan, yet he won more delegates out of michigan than he had in all the other states he won combined. technically hadn't gotten any delegates. that's what's going on. today you saw mitt romney went on to ohio. that's the next big test that is going to happen in a week from now. romney feeling better simply by winning because now it avoids all this talk of republicans in washington finding somebody else. for santorum and newt gingrich, the pressure is on to win big on super tuesday. there will be twice as many delegates as have been availa
handelsman breaks it down. >> reporter: mitt romney survives supertuesday. barely winning ohio after pounding rick santorum with attack ads. but he put on a bright face today. >> i don't apply percentages to it. but after last night, i feel pretty darn good. >> reporter: he did win the super tuesday quest for delegates. >> mitt romney did what he had to do. he put away six o out of the ten states last night. >> reporter: but rick santorum claimed three states and claims he's on a roll. >> we're heading to mississippi and alabama and we're going to have a sweep this week here starting in kansas on saturday. >> reporter: santorum backers pressed newt gingrich to quit. he refused. >> we are staying in this race because i believe that it's going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election. >> reporter: and after winning georgia, gingrich could take more southern primaries next tuesday. romney's -- before the convention. says the former republican party chair. >> for romney to actually have the nomination in his pocket going into tampa, it's going to be virtually impossible to do.
-man race between him and mitt romney. georgia is the biggest prize next week. ohio, perhaps the most competitive. virginia important because only romney and ron paul will be on the ballot there. speaking of mitt romney, he made a gaffe yesterday talking about the blunt amendment. it would be voted on here in congress today. it says that employers who have religious objections don't have to pay for certain types of health care through their health insurance plans. asked if he supports an amendment that would allow those objections, romney said he opposes it. but later his campaign clarified that romney does support it, that he was confused because the question, they say, was asked in a misleading way. that amendment, by the way, that would allow those religious objections, to things like birth control, is not expected to pass here today. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> a dramatic development wednesday indicated relations between the united states and north korea could be headed in a new direction. under newly installed leader kim jong-un north korea has agreed to suspend
mitt romney did not win last night's primary in michigan. instead it was a tie. the former pennsylvania senator told an audience in tennessee today that he forced romney to spend a fortune in his home state and claims outside of romney's home county, they ran dead even. and nbc news predicts santorum and romney will split the delegates in michigan. that's 15 delegates each. romney, however, won all of arizona's 29 delegates last night. he campaigned today in ohio in advance of super tuesday next week. >>> still to come at 5:00, the supplements that may be doing more harm than good. >>> and safety improvements but at what cost? pg & e talks about how they plan to pay for your safety. >>> nobody deserves to die on their vacation. >> averting cruise disaster. survivors from that italian ship wreck head to washington, d.c. to help make the seas safer. >>> good afternoon. one storm system this morning. and another one lining up here off shore. of course we'll have details on that as rain looks to stay in your forecast for your thursday with temperatures also remaining in the minutes. [ femal
with connections inhe t area watching tonight. >> gop mitt romney shored up his front-runner status with a big win. >> together we are going to ensure that america's greatest days are still ahead. thank you so much! >> romney got the majority of the 54 delegates in the battle ground state. rick santorum needed to win to show he could beat president obama. this will not lock in the win, but gives him momentum for the south. louisiana's primary is on saturday. mitt romney's win in illinois puts him in a lead among the remaining presidential nominees. romney is well ahead of rivals and santorum has 191 delegates and newt gingrich with 137 and ron paul has 34. the candidate who will get the gop in november needs 1144 from all state primaries. >> for appears mid-romney is on track to get the nomination. the next question is who will his running mate be? there was speculation he might tap into condoleezza de vries, but that will not happen. the secretary of state appearing on fox news rejected the possibility, saying she preferred policy over politics. de vries is currently teaching at stanford. >> appl
and mitt romney showed their dramatically different styles. ron mott has the latest for us tonight. >> reporter: if they were movies rick santorum's campaign might be the low key independent breakout. while mitt romney's cast a look of a big-studio blockbuster. fireworks and all. differences in tone and budget that santorum noted at an event today in missouri with signs of romney everywhere. >> and money isn't going to buy this election. vision and character and authenticity and trust are going to win in this election. reporter: from the now famous sweater vest to the st. patrick's day pint, santorum continues to captivate blue collar conservatives. he pledged to clean up what he called america's pornography pandemic. today, he told voters in illinois he'd win the nomination if they give him a win in tuesday's primary. for his part, mitt romney sought to stoke his campaign with a high energy swing through puerto rico. in the wake of primary losses this week in the deep south to santorum. >> we came here to speak. we learned more by listening. >> reporter: in courting the vote ahead
: virtually ignoring his competitors, mitt romney attacked the obama administration on rising gas prices. >> we have to get them out and get people in that will bring down the cost of gasoline. >> reporter: president obama recently defended his record on energy and accused his challengers of over simplifying a complex problem. while romney argues for more drilling in the u.s., obama says -- >> they act like we have a magic wand and give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. every time. been the same script for 30 years. >> four years ago then candidate obama used higher gas prices as an election weapon. >> after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another. >> mitt romney faces another battle with rick santorum. >> i guarantee you i guarantee you, we will win this nomination. >> reporter: this marathon campaign lead to talk the nomination could for the first time in 36 years go to the national convention. rick santorum and newt gingrich are embracing an extended campaign. the chairman insists a nominee will soon emerge. >> we will have a nominee, i think fairly s
and mitt romney score elections on tuesday but tuesday's contest could be make or break for newt gingrich. >>> japan one year later. we remember the horrific images from japan after it was struck by the earthquake and tsunami. that country is reflecting on the past year. we'll look at how people are trying to goat their lives and businesses back to normal. >>> whatever happened to madeline mccann. now investigators in portugal and britain are taking a new look at her case file. >>> there's something about harry from the beaches to the slums. coming up, why some royal watchers are calling his trip unprecedenteded. >> more smiles from him than i've seen from a long time. >>> breaking news out of afghanistan. a u.s. soldier has been taken into custody into southern afghanistan. good morning. >> reporter: gmg, jenna. nato is calling the incident regrettable. they say a u.s. member left kandahar province and shot at civilia civilians. they say he went into the homes, shooting at men, women and children. they're saying at least 15 people have been killed or wounded. at least half of them could
" this evening that says that mitt romney's planned $12 million expansion of his oceanside home in la jolla, california, includes a car elevator for his four-car garage, and it's only going to add to an image problem that includes swiss bank accounts and, as he put it famously, a couple of cadillacs. so where does tonight's story come from? nbc news can confirm it came directly from the opposition research of a rival candidate. tonight willie geist takes us inside that world, where again this election cycle, they get paid to make sure there will be mud. >> is this dude serious? >> reporter: you've seen the ads. >> freddie mac paid newt $30,000 an hour. >> romney drastically increased spending. >> reporter: accusations, allegations, insinuations. >> pushed for billions in wasteful pork, voting for the bridge to nowhere. >> reporter: where do they get this stuff? >> another counterfeit conservative. >> reporter: welcome to the world of opposition research, or as it's known in the trade, oppo. they are the people who dig up the dirt that gets turned into the mud th
>>> this morning on "early today," regaining momentum. mitt romney scores a resounding win in puerto rico's republican primary. >>> brink of disaster. newly released surveillance video captures the sheer terror of an ef-4 tornado. >>> and india's iron man. a former mr. universe celebrates a big milestone. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with an overwhelming win. mitt romney raked in all of puerto rico's 20 delegates on sunday after walking away with more than 50% of the island's republican primary vote, and now the spotlight is on tomorrow's race in illinois. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on this. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. illinois will be a little different than we've seen because it's called a loophole primary. it essentially means that people going to the ballot box will get two votes, who they want to see for president on the republican side, and separately, which delegates the
. and the battle between mitt romney and rick santorum is also not over. late tonight, nbc declared romney the apparent winner in ohio. but the results, obviously, are not decisive. and that leaves the door open for rick santorum. here's a look now. romney also won massachusetts, vermont, virginia andidaho. santorum wins north dakota, tennessee and oklahoma. meanwhile, newt gingrich wins his home state of georgia. as for ohio, it's well past 2:00 a.m. and they're still counting the votes. here's steve handlesman with more from columbus. >> reporter: rick santorum needed to show he can win, and he did on super tuesday. appearing early to celebrate victories in oklahoma and tennessee. six wins since january, plus north dakota tonight. >> we have won in the west, the midwest and the south. and we're ready to win across this country. >> reporter: santorum, a fiscal and proud social conservative, can make a new claim of electability. >> we need a person running against president obama. who is right on the issues and truthful with the american public. >> reporter: mitt romney had to talk up his
prices? even as republicans begin to close ranks around mitt romney, this energy debate may overtake jobs as the economic fight of the fall campaign. finally this morning, a conversation with msnbc's rachel maddow, author of the provocative new book "drift" which asks when did this company make peace with the perpetual state of war? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. a big win last night in louisiana for rick santorum. >> we have won our 11th state in this primary fight. and i want to thank you for that. >> 49-27, that is how it looked in louisiana over mitt romney. and it shows santorum's continued strength among conservative voters but romney still has the upper hand in the overall delegate race, week in and week out. romney at 490 and everybody else well behind. meanwhile, the president is in south korea for a nuclear security summit. he met with u.s. and south korean troops. hours ago he held a join the press conference with south korea's president during which he addressed north korea's plans to launch a long-range rocket next month. >> they need to under
is calling the race for romney. now early exit polls had suggested that romney was leading his rival, rick santorum, in the illinois primary. let's bring in nbc bay area steve handelsman who is tracking everything for us tonight in washington, d.c. steve, good evening to you. romney apparently got what he paid for spending big money in illinois. what's the latest? >> reporter: he has spent big money everywhere, raj. good evening. and it paid off as it has in battleground state after battleground state. this is a triple win for him after michigan and ohio, now illinois. all states rick santorum badly wanted to win, where he did pretty well in the polls and where in the end mitt romney closed and won and it looks like his win in the state of illinois will be a convincing one with 43% of the vote in, this is real tally now not just exit polls. the romney had about 51% of the vote. santorum just 31% of the vote. mitt romney is sell is britti g celebrating. here is what he had to say in illinois. >> years of too many apologies and not enough jobs. historic drops in income and rise in gas price
, in the crucial state of illinois. mitt romney, rick santorum, were both barnstorming there today because every delegate counts. it was romney who made news first today on the economy. andrea mitchell with us tonight from our d.c. news room. good evening. >> good evening, brian. mitt romney is hoping to get most of the 54 delegates up for grabs in illinois tomorrow where rick santorum didn't even file slates in four districts. romney did get some attention when he acknowledged the economy is improving, but then santorum also raised eyebrows by saying he's not concerned with unemployment. his point being government shouldn't be in the business of creating jobs. and santorum was also asked today about a louisiana pastor who introduced him outside of baton rouge with fiery words. >> if you don't love america, you don't like the way we do things, i got one thing to say. get out! i said we don't worship voodoo, we don't worship mohammed. we don't worship allah. we worship god, god's son jesus christ. >> this afternoon, santorum responded. >> i think i made that pretty clear throughout my campaign, t
romney spoke in the native tongue in mississippi. >> i got started today with a biscuit and cheesy grits. >> reporter: romney called competing here a bit of an away game. knocking president obama won him a hearty round of applause. >> if someone is looking for things the president has done wrong, it is a long, long, long list. this president has not succeeded, he has failed. that's the reason we're getting rid of him in 2012. >> reporter: romney may still be judged as the outsider of the field. up against a southerner, newt gingrich, and rick santorum, whose social conservative platform appears tailor made. gingrich charging ahead despite calls to quit. >> i want to break out of all of the garbage that has become modern politics. i want to get back to talking about the things that have made america remarkable, not the negative ads. >> reporter: the former speaker's campaign positioned mississippi and alabama as possible last stands. now says again he's going all the way to the convention. >> we could have a big win tomorrow in kansas. what do you think? >> reporter: meantime, rick santor
-runner mitt romney is expected to face a tougher crowd. nbc's ron mott reports tonight from mobile, alabama. >> reporter: newt gingrich rolled into alabama, high gas prices in mind, hoping to pump new momentum back in his campaign while on familiar ground, the deep south, relaxed enough for a public dance with wife callista. >> like obama, gingrich supported individual health insurance mandates -- >> reporter: but amid growing calls to get out of the race, both by a pro-rick santorum super pac -- >> who can win? rick santorum. >> reporter: -- and just today by a surrogate who helped gingrich win south carolina, the former speaker appears to be digging in for the long haul. >> despite the many requests by the washington establishment, i am staying in this race. >> reporter: gingrich, however, canceled a planned trip to kansas, which caucuses this weekend. >> mississippi really matters next tuesday. >> reporter: to focus on mississippi and alabama's primaries next tuesday. while gingrich touts $2.50 a gallon gas, republican voters in this heavily evangelical region of the country may be looki
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